TPA Runway 1L/19R Maintenance Project

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On Monday, September 23, Tampa International Airport will begin a runway maintenance project requiring the closure of Runway 1L/19R, which is our main runway, for one month. This is routine work that must be done every 15 years. The runway is located on the west side of the airport adjacent to the Veteranís Expressway. Crews will also perform miscellaneous concrete maintenance on other parts of the airfield, including a section of Runway 10/28 and Taxiways D and S.

As a result of the closure of the main runway, aircraft will take off and land on our secondary runway, Runway 1R/19L. As part of our Voluntary Noise Abatement Program, we work closely with Air Traffic Control and air carriers to minimize use of Runway 1R/19L on a regular basis because of takeoff and landing patterns that potentially impact residential areas. During the maintenance period, which we expect to end on or about Oct. 23, people who live and work around the airport will notice an increase in aircraft noise throughout the day.

When the runway maintenance work ends on or about October 23, aircraft operations will resume on Runway 1L/19R except between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. when work continues on an FAA equipment upgrade on the airfield. During those hours, traffic will be diverted to the east side of the airfield onto Runway 19L/1R. However, we expect the noise impact to be minimal because the majority of aircraft operations during that time are departures, which are able to quickly ascend and turn out over water. The FAA work should be completed around mid-November. This is the first major rehabilitation project performed on Runway 1L/19R since 1997.

If you have addition questions about the Runway 1L/19R Rehabilitation Project, please contact the TPA Noise Officer at 813-870-7843.

Fast Facts about Runway 1L/19R

  • It is called 1L/19R because runways are designated according to the points on a compass, which has 360 equally spaced points around a circle. When a pilot aligns the aircraft in position to land or take off on a runway, the magnetic compass in the aircraft should point to the same relative number as the runway designation.
  • For designating runways, the compass headings are separated into 10 degree increments from 10 degrees to 360 degrees (North). For the purpose of designating runways, the last digit is dropped, therefore a 10 degree heading becomes 1, and a 360 degree heading becomes 36.
  • The name was changed from 36L/18R in January 2011 because as the compass is oriented to magnetic north, there is a variation from True North. This variation drifts and moves over time. It was determined the drift had caused our runway orientations to be closer to the next increment on the magnetic compass and it became necessary to adjust our runway designations.
  • It is one of three runways at the airport
  • It is our longest runway, at 11,002 feet
  • It is 150 feet wide with 35-foot wide shoulders on both sides.
  • The runway is made up of 17-inch thick, high -strength concrete on 6 inches of low strength econocrete on a 6-inch crushed stone base.
  • The concrete is divided into slabs that are 16-feet-eight-inches long and 12-feet- six-inches wide
  • It is comprised of 7,920 slabs or 1,650,000 cubic feet of concrete. Thatís comparable to 150 miles of sidewalk, which is typically 5-ft x 5 inches thick
  • The runway was built in 1985
  • About 83% of the runway was reconstructed in 1997


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